The team at Cannabis Business Growth has successfully led dozens of domestic and international cannabis projects. Experts in the field, they provide clients with tangible strategies to ultimately win Cannabis Licenses and construct profitable facilities.


Founder and Principal Consultant

Located in Boca Raton, Florida, Charlena serves as a domestic and international consultant assisting new companies gain entrance into the cannabis industry. Char holds a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and has more than 12 years’ experience working for Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing (Whirlpool Corporation) and retail sectors (Office Depot/Office Max). 

Working in 26 of the 33 legal states, Charlena has spent the last 3 years working with cannabis start-ups to gain licensure. She has drafted business plans and cannabis license applications for Cultivators, Manufacturer’s, Storefront and Non-Storefront Retails, and Test Laboratories. With this experience, she guides these companies through industry best practices for planning, fiscal compliance, and operational strategy.

Overseeing projects that range from $300K to more the $15M, she’s regarded by her peers as an industry expert that consults clients on cannabis industry best practices. This includes selecting the best seed to sale and POS Systems to ensure systemic compliance to rules outlined by regulatory bodies. She also consults on business entity formation, accounting practices, and company operations. She’s regarded by her clients as a go-to with a wealth of experience to share.   

In the California market, she boasts winning licenses for clients in the municipalities of Chula Vista (non-storefront delivery and retail), Riverside County (2 retail), Commerce (non-storefront delivery), Long Beach (micro-business), Montebello (non-storefront delivery, micro-business), Sacramento (micro-business), Nevada City (non-volatile manufacturing), Seaside (storefront retailer), San Bernardino (micro-business), Vista (retailer), Riverside County (storefront retail), and Moreno Valley (storefront retailer). Additionally, Char is an expert in the California Regulatory Framework and is working on more than a dozen state applications.

A native to the State of Michigan, she has also partnered with clients to obtain licensing for clients in the cities of Muskegon Heights (cultivation & processing), Niles (retail), Harvest Park (cultivation), Hartford (retail) and Lansing (secure transport).  In Michigan, working as a patient advocate, she has also spoken to local city councils on a number of occasions about legalizing cannabis in their city to help dispel the myths associated with cannabis.   Concerned for social justice, Char offers reduced consulting rates for Social Equity applicants.

To further diversify her portfolio, Char has worked internationally with licensing projects in the new recreational Canadian markets of the Northwest Territory, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.  She has also done procedural consulting for medical applicants in Australia.

Finally, Char loves helping clients achieve their start-up goals in the cannabis industry. When engaging a client, she’s working to create a client and ultimately a friend for life.  For each project she spearheads, she tackles it with 200% to ensure she is crafting a strategy which wins cannabis licenses.


Director of Operations

Alysia Gordy is an experienced and proficient business analyst and project manager. Throughout more than 12 years of experience, Alysia has become a certified Six-Sigma Blackbelt, Lean and Continuous Improvement trained with high competency translating strategic initiatives at an operational level. Alysia has also coached and mentored others in these areas, assisting in problem identification and problem resolution.


Alysia received her education at Lake Michigan College and earned her Associate of Business Administration in 2017. During her time at Lake Michigan College, she was listed as a Dean’s List recipient. Currently, Alysia is studying at Western Michigan University to receive her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management and a minor in General Business. Alysia plans to graduate from Western Michigan in December of 2019. 

Alysia began her professional career in 2007 at Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Michigan as a Continuous Improvement Lead. While in this position, Alysia led and mentored 8D problem-solving activities resulting in cost savings for the company, as well as facilitated training sessions on 8D problem solving and lean tools. She also created Google sites and visuals to represent various organizational value streams and their key performance metrics. She had observed key processes to identify and share problems or improvement opportunities. 

Then, in 2013, Alysia was reassigned at Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor as a Project Analyst. As a Project Analyst, Alysia has multiple responsibilities including developing, maintaining and presenting organizational performance scorecards. Alysia implements and facilitates value stream meetings, bringing all business partners together, both internal and external. Additionally, Alysia manages strategic and organizational initiatives across multiple organizations and suppliers, creates business cases, specification documents, project requirements, and project management portfolios. It is her responsibility to analyze data to optimize sales by channel with regard to acquisition costs. She has made strides in this position by achieving profit margin growth through price elasticity modeling and by restructuring and renegotiating supplier contracts to maximize the pool of resources and capabilities across vendors.

Throughout her accomplishments in college and her career at Whirlpool, Alysia has accumulated skills in communication, time management, and problem-solving. Alysia is a team leader with impressive skills in communicating with her subordinates, peers, and superiors. She is skilled in training and leading a team, improving the financial status of the corporation, and problem-solving. Her educational accomplishments show her true abilities in business procedures, and her career experience shows her true value in the field.


Principal Consultant

David Kotler, Esq. a former prosecutor is a partner in Cohen Kotler P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida and has been Of Counsel to Hoban Law Group since the inception of its’ national cannabis practice. Since the formation of Medical Marijuana Business Lawyers LLC, a practice area of Cohen Kotler, in 2014, Mr. Kotler was one of the first attorneys in Florida to undertake representation of clients hoping to operate in Florida under the Florida Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 and after the legalization of full spectrum medical marijuana.


He has a wide range of experience in the cannabis industry from license applications in multiple states and Zimbabwe, Africa, to start-up and regulatory matters.  He currently consults with individuals and companies countrywide and has served as outside general counsel for numerous cannabis industry clients.


He sits on the advisory boards of The Cannabis Marketing Lab and Blunts and Moore, the first social equity applicant license winner to become operational in the U.S..  He has been interviewed by news sources including the Daily Business Review, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, National Public Radio in Miami, Florida, Marijuana Business Magazine, The New Times, and the Marijuana Business Daily among others.


He has written a monthly column for the Cannabis Industry Journal and is a contributor to Cannabis News Florida among other publications.   In 2019, Mr. Kotler was appointed by Agriculture Commissioner Nicki Fried to Florida’s first Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee.  

Mr. Kotler’s operations work includes:


  • Blunts and Moore, Oakland California Retail License Holder – Co-Founder, Member 

  • Solurge, Massachusetts Provisional Medical License Holder for Cultivation, Processing, and Retail – Co-Founder and Chief Compliance Officer

  • Maleza Hem, Zimbabwe Africa License Holder for Medical Cannabis and CBD Export –Obtained 1 of 37 licenses issued by the country after presentation to Cabinet,  Interim CEO.  

  • The Bract House, Sonora California Medical Retail – Member (Pilot program, 1 of 2 licenses awarded by city for medical retail use, SUP issued, pending build out and state licensure) 

  • Category 5 Farms, Sacramento California, Locally Permitted and State Provisionally licensed Cultivation, Manufacturing, and Distribution, Co-founder and minority interest holder.  


Cannabis Retail & Cultivation Consultant

Ralph Calderon has over 5 years of legal cannabis experience in the regulated cannabis industry including Retail, Cultivation, and Manufacturing operations. Over the course of his career, Ralph his companies have served more than 6,000 medical cannabis patients and harvested more than 14,000 cannabis plants.


Ralph is a co-founder of Blue Mountains Collective in San Andreas, California.  He is the founder of Category 5 Farms, a Sacramento based micro-business with cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution licenses; and The Bract House a Sonora, California Medical Retail licensee.

Ralph is a licensed contractor who has designed and personally built 2 facilities with over 20,000 sq. feet of canopy in California. With a passion for the plant, he uses his hands-on industry experience as a consultant. He has helped design a licensed cultivation facility in Massachusetts with a canopy of 18,000 sq. feet, a permitted facility in Michigan which will be 10,000 sq. feet, and a planned facility in Zimbabwe totaling over 80,000 sq. feet of canopy.

As a cultivator, Ralph has a deep understanding of cannabis cultivation and is able to offer new industry entrants’ advice on cultivation operations. He is experienced with genotype and phenotype selection to identify cannabis cultivars that produce premium grade cannabis flower.


Ralph has perfected the process of cloning and propagation through seeds and clones and has a deep understanding of how to manage the environmental conditions to produce healthy cut lings. He has gained experience and knowledge related to genetic modification to create specialized, proprietary plant genetics. Ralph has knowledge and experience using hermetically sealed indoor cultivation rooms to prevent microbial and fungal growth. He has designed air exchange and filtration systems to remove spores and other microorganisms.


Ralph uses integrated pest management (IPM) protocols which are an ecosystem-based pest management strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Ralph has designed standard operating procedures to ensure that cultivation employees execute repeatable processes to deliver a consistent, perpetual supply of premium cannabis.

As a retail operator, Ralph is able to provide insight on retail best practices, facility design, POS System selection, people management, time and attendance policies, customer identity validation, product procurement, cash management, and overall cannabis retail management. With Ralph’s industry experience, he serves as a valuable asset and Principle Operations Consultant with Cannabis Business Growth Team.



Location: Boca Raton, Florida 


Email: char@cannabisbusinessgrowth.com


Tel:  269-208-7918

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